In recent months, supporters have told us that they want us to focus on redoubling our efforts to stop Trump’s racist and anti-Iran deal agenda. These truly are unprecedented times, and we’ve heard you. It was a hard decision, but we will be reprogramming staff and resources usually used to support the Leadership Conference to do this critical work.  As a result, the Leadership Conference will not be held in May as planned. Instead, you will be hearing and seeing more local grassroots activism and political mobilization by NIAC Action in advance of the upcoming election. We look forward to continuing to engage with you on these efforts in the days and weeks ahead.


The NIAC 2016 Leadership Conference was our best yet! We had panels full of energy and thoughtful exchanges, as well as inspirational speeches and musical performances! Iranian Americans – entrepreneurs, activists, lawyers, artists, scholars, doctors, engineers – of all ages came to Washington, D.C. to hear from top experts on the issues that matter most to our community.

Ben Rhodes, the Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama – who was one of two people standing in the same room as the President when the historic interim deal with Iran was announced – shared his experience getting to know the Iranian community, our culture, and our history.

As the Trump campaign casts an ominous shadow on our community and capitalizes on and promotes xenophobic ideas and policies, a timely panel of experts (Mehdi Hasan, Rula Jebreal, Maz Jobrani, Negin Farsad, and Cyrus Habib) considered how to confront bigotry and racism toward Iranians and Muslims.

Scroll down to view photos, videos, and to read articles about the NIAC 2016 Leadership Conference! We hope to see you at the next one!

A special thanks to our conference sponsors, without whom our conference events, panels, and student ticket prices would not be possible: The Arca Foundation, Bita Daryabari, Busboys and Poets, ClubHill Media, HAND Foundation, The Houtan Scholarship Fund, Jewish Voice for Peace, Ploughshares Fund, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Pivotal Foundation, Print Express, Arash Manzori, Fay Moghtader, Elena Naderi, Fereydoun Taslimi, and Ali Youssefi.

Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, Ben Rhodes (Keynote Speaker)


Ploughshares Fund President, Joseph Cirincione (Keynote Speaker)

Congressman Jared Huffman (Keynote Speaker)

Senior Advisor to Hillary Clinton, Philip Gordon (Keynote Speaker)

Panel: Who's Afraid of Hyphenated Americans?

Panel: More Obama or Back to Bush?


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